The Moment

By Ayal Hurst | June 14, 2018

It always fascinates me that a moment we have experienced – any moment – will never come again in the same way. It is unique and original unto Itself and can never be replicated. It is here for an ephemeral moment, and then it is gone forever. One hears old sayings such as: “You can…

Immortality and Life Experiences

By Ayal Hurst | May 16, 2018

Recently, an intern here at Homestead and I spent some ceremonial time in our Medicine Wheel….a large, sacred wheel of stones that represents the Circle of Life. Each of the 36 stones in The Wheel represent some quality, or aspect of life, and each stone has an animal, plant, and mineral spirit helper associated with…

Becoming The Hollow Bone

By Ayal Hurst | March 4, 2018

Birds can fly because they have hollow bones.  As opposed to being a heavy or dense creature, they are made to embrace the wind. In many Shamanic healing practices, the Shaman uses a hollow bone to suck out poisons from someone’s body.  Usually these poisons are in an energetic form, as we are energetic beings,…

Self Healing

By Ayal Hurst | February 24, 2018

It often seems to me that much of the world, and our relationships within it, are set up to be co-dependent. Encouraged to be co-dependent, if not absolutely, outright and in my mind, unfortunately, deeply dependent. In churches, we are told that we must go through ministers or priests to truly understand the word of…

The Strength of the Oak

By Ayal Hurst | January 2, 2018

I am writing these blogs – thoughts from my spirit and my mind and my heart.  I have no idea if anyone at all is reading them….I write them to process things for myself, to help me see who I truly am, what Spirit looks like when it flows in and through me, what I…

The Purpose for Today

By Ayal Hurst | October 21, 2017

In a book I was reading this morning, it said that everyone needs a purpose.  We need a purpose to get up in the morning. I think that this is true, but, there are all kinds of purposes.  Today, my main purpose was to be first of all, a chicken liberator.  Our chickens had been…

The Call of the Wild

By Ayal Hurst | October 19, 2017

It is sunset.  Dusk. The twilight colors of soft peach are peering above the tree line as I stand on our stone walkway, gazing out across the meadow at the ridge tops.  Something called me to come outside, and I went. I had been inside most of the day, surrounded by furniture, unmoving, contained air,…

What You Praise Increases

By Ayal Hurst | October 8, 2017

Thich Nhat Hanh, a beautiful spiritual teacher said: “The greatest gift we can give another is our attention. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they bloom like flowers.” And this is so true. Recently, I have been getting some beautiful comments on this blog. Often, when I get one, it makes me want to sit…

Fall Is Here

By Ayal Hurst | September 27, 2017

Fall is here in the mountains.  Not yet the miraculous color changes, in all of its glory, but a sense of ending, as each leaf silently lets go and drifts to earth. The days have been beautiful. I love the Fall. I love the deep sense of it – of things slowing down, the beauty…

We Cannot Hold Onto Anything

By Ayal Hurst | August 30, 2017

Our lives are a constant process of balancing and re-balancing.  Nothing stays the same.  If we were able to see life as it truly is, what we would see would be energy streams of different colors, in constant, fluid motion. Like the planet itself, we are made mostly of water – water and space.  There…

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